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Birdlegg

Birdlegg

Birdlegg's recording beautifully captures the artistry of a veteran bluesman in his prime. With nods to past mentors and heroes as well as his own original material which will certainly stand the test of time, Birdlegg creates his own version of anamorphous street art—music which will jump right out of the speakers and grab you! 

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Jewel Brown, Milton Hopkins

Milton Hopkins & Jewel Brown

Wow!  Hip gospel, laid-back soul, and cool grooves!  This sound reaches back to major tours with Louis Armstrong and BB King, back to Houston's old Fifth Ward and Third Ward, back to the golden era of the blues.  Jewel Brown and Milton Hopkins bring all this together on their new release on Dialtone Records.

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Houston Guitar Blues (Vinyl Rerelease)

Lil Joe Washington

Houston Guitar Blues (Vinyl Rerelease)

Joe is from the Third Ward in Houston TX, by fifteen he was playing drums in Albert Collins band and later playing guitar for Roscoe Gordon. He played the rowdy border town circuit in El Paso, including the Lobby Bar in Juarez, Mexico before recording on the Donna and the Federal labels.

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I Owe It All To The Word

Pastor Mitty Collier

I Owe It All To The Word

Chess records could hear the powerful soul-gospel voice Mitty had and recorded 4 chart topping R&B singles with her.

Mitty is now Pastor Mitty Collier and has just been singing gospel since 1972.

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I'm Alright

Cornell Dupree

I'm Alright

Cornell's work has graced innumerable recordings by artists including Aretha Franklin, Joe Cocker, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Ringo Starr, Wilson Pickett, Lena Horne, Miles Davis, Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway and so many more.

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When I Rise

Rev. K.M. Williams

When I Rise

He calls himself the Texas Country Blues Preacher. K.M. plays a homemade single string cigar box guitar while wearing a priest’s collar, all while being backed by a percussionist/washboard player who prefers to use his hands over drumsticks. All original tracks soaked in the sounds of gospel and blues.

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Tex Golden Nugget

Hosea Hargrove

Tex Golden Nugget

Hosea Hargrove stepped onto the cool tile floor of Fort Horton Studios just outside of Austin, Texas, for the first of a two-day recording session. He was armed only with his electric guitar, an ancient beat up amplifier, and 80 years of experience living and playing the blues.

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Texas Fire Line

Lil Joe Washington

Texas Fire Line

Houston, Texas in the '50s was the best place to be a blues man. Little Joe cut his teeth playing alongside Albert Collins, Joe Hughes, Gatemouth Brown, and Roscoe Gordon. In the '60s, Joe moved on to the border town circuit and also went to California to record for Donna Records and Federal Records. This record marks Joe's second release on Dialtone since 2003. Joining him are some of the best player in Texas.

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Dialtone Stable of Stars Live

Various Artists

Dialtone Stable of Stars Live

One of the biggest blues events of the South was the Dialtone Records show at South by Southwest. All the best touring blues artists that are still living today showed up. These recording should be called 'Texas Smithsonian of the blues', it is a part of Texas roots history.

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Where the Trinity Runs Free

Ray Reed

Where the Trinity Runs Free

On these recordings Ray is joined by some good friends: Johnnie Woods who played with Freddie King, Jimmie Reed and Johnny Taylor, and also recorded with Al "TNT" Braggs, Little Joe Blue and R.L. Griffin.

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Texas Northside Kings

Seth Walker, Eve Monsees, Nick Curran, Mike Keller, Shawn Pittman, Johnny Moeller, Texas Northside Kings

Texas Northside Kings

Probably one of the most important recordings on the label. These artists are the third generation of blues musicians and are the basis of the Austin, Texas roots music scene that you can go out to see every night. On this recording are also some of the best postwar blues players holding down the rhythm section and supporting the next generation.

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Texas Southside Kings

Various Artists

Texas Southside Kings

Documenting central Texas Blues doesn't get any better than this, it includes one of the artists who started Jive Boogie Woogie, Walter 'Thunderbird' Price. This recording reunites his first band he recorded with in the 50s, and also includes Blues artists from Nixon, Gonzales, Austin, San Antonio and Houston.

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Houston's Third Ward Blues

Joe Doucet

Houston's Third Ward Blues

Doucet's debut disc evokes a vintage sound. Its artful rawness is grounded in part in the electric blues heritage of inner-city Houston (where Doucet has lived since 1962) and in part in the zydeco, swamp pop, and solo acoustic traditions of rural southwest Louisiana.

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Texas Harmonica Rumble

Various Artists

Texas Harmonica Rumble

Label founder, Eddie Stout: "After playing 'Battle of the Harmonicas' in San Francisco a few times, I created Texas' own Harmonica Rumble and expanded the idea by making the harp players use the same back-up band. This new recording is a tribute to the great memories and a reunion of some of the best Harmonica players in the world."

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The Original Bells of Joy with Friends

Willie Nelson, Joe Ely, Chip Taylor, Bells of Joy

The Original Bells of Joy with Friends

Take a trip back to the golden age of Gospel with the Bells of Joy. Over 40 years in the making, this is the real deal! "...A primer on black spiritual music supercharged with leg-shaking rhythms that makes modern rock and roll seem pallid by comparison." —Joe Nick Patowski, Texas Monthly

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Texas Doghouse Blues

Earl Gilliam

Texas Doghouse Blues

Earl is at home with the free, open jams where he can stretch his boundaries from the beginner blues player who just sits in, to the veteran jazz cats. The best place to hear this is in his garage, he calls it the doghouse. Listening to this recording is like sitting in Earl's Doghouse on a Saturday afternoon.

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Blues & Soul Situation

Barbara Lynn

Blues & Soul Situation

In 1960, a 16-year old girl walked into Huey P. Meaux’s barbershop. Who would have known this girl would turn out to be the First Lady of Texas Soul and Blues. Barbara Lynn has performed on American Bandstand, played with all the greats, toured the world, and had her hit songs recorded by the likes of Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, and Otis Redding to name a few.

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Texas Soul Sisters

Various Artists

Texas Soul Sisters

This is a soul and blues celebration — sweet soul music with some up-tempo raw blues from some of the women who helped shape roots music in Texas.

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Houston Guitar Blues

Lil Joe Washington

Houston Guitar Blues

Joe is from the Third Ward in Houston TX, by fifteen he was playing drums in Albert Collins band and later playing guitar for Roscoe Gordon. He played the rowdy border town circuit in El Paso, including the Lobby Bar in Juarez, Mexico before recording on the Donna and the Federal labels.

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San Quilmas

West Side Horns

San Quilmas

San Antonio supported integrated bands because they played music that filled dance floors. Out of that incubator came the members of the West Side Horns. Through years of working together on stages around the world, their sound has become an integral part of the fabric of Texas blues.

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Matthew Robinson & Texas Blues Band

Matthew Robinson & Texas Blues Band

Matthew Robinson & Texas Blues Band

Matt has been burning up stages around Austin, Texas and beyond for over 30 years. On "Matthew Robinson & the Texas Blues Band" CD (his first for Dialtone) he and his smokin' band deliver a set of soulful blues straight from the chicken shack.

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Texas Eastside Kings

Texas Eastside Kings

Texas Eastside Kings

During the postwar era, East Austin was the heart of the most thriving time of Blues and R&B in Texas, hosting some of the hottest live shows in the state. Touring musicians such as T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, Amos Milburn, Guitar Slim and Lightnin' Hopkins would frequent the area because of its hoppin' clubs and the great local talent they could use as support. The Texas Eastside Kings are the musicians that supported these legends.

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Blue Christmas

Various Artists

Blue Christmas

A treasure chest of Christmas classics by legendary and soon-to-be legendary Texas blues and gospel artists. Lucky boys or girls who get this collection under the Christmas tree won't be having a "Blue Christmas" this year. Dialtone's "Blue Christmas" features all new recordings of Christmas classics by both legendary Texas artists like The Bells of Joy as well as cuts by soon-to-be legendary artists like Ernestine Fuller who appears here on her first recording.

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Greyhound Blues

Richard Earl, Ervin Charles

Greyhound Blues

Blues fans should and will be shocked that Greyhound Blues is the only solo album Ervin Charles ever recorded and is joined by his long-time friend/collaborator Richard who lays down some soulful vocals. In the early days, Charles' "Hollywood Bare Cats" was one of the first bands to create the swamp pop power trio with only 2 guitars and a drummer.

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The Texas Trumpets

Pat Patterson, Ephraim Owens, Martin Banks, Donald "Duck" Jennings, Texas Trumpets

The Texas Trumpets

Some of the best trumpet players of all time hail from and still reside in the heart of Texas. Popular demand brings them together for a special recording backed by Austin's finest Eastside Kings. Stepping into the spotlight are international legend Martin Banks, Donald "Duck" Jennings, Pat Patterson and Ephraim Owens.

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Second Time Around

Bells of Joy

Second Time Around

This style of gospel is reminiscent of the Soul Stirrers, Dixie Hummingbirds and The Pilgrim Travelers. By 1951, the Bells recorded for Don Robey's Duke/Peacock label. Their million-seller single, "Let's Talk About Jesus" went straight to the top ten R&B Billboard charts. At that time, The Bells went on to record for Wildcat Records, Chess/Checker and Nashboro Records.

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